Most memorable wine?
1978 Ruffino Riserva Chianti Classico - in 1980

What was your first wine?
Manischevitz Concord Grape, but I overcame that!

What’s your most unusual wine experience?
Sitting at the top of the Rockpile in Sonoma, with winemaker Clay Mauritson, drinking his glorous Zinfanfel from the vineyard in which we were sitting.

Which wine do you love at the moment?
2008 Shai Cellars 'Adome' from Santa Ynez, California

Denise Lowe, the Goddess of Wine, most recently worked as Fest Sommelier for the 2011 LAWineFest, where she recruited and supervised a volunteer crew of 38 experienced wine pourers to assist with setup, tear down and wine service of 13 wine and spirits classes over two days, and provided sommeliers for two separate VIP events during the LAWineFest. As a Wine Educator, she focuses on eliminating the snootiness and mystery about wine. As a Wine Consultant, she plans special events, suggests corporate gift selections and recommends food pairings with wine. Denise has achieved Certifications through the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), the Wine Academy of Spain and “LAW School” at, and is a Professional Member of the Society of Wine Educators.